K-mount K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lensfrom Pentax offers photographers an AA filterless 20.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor in a highly weather-resistant body along with the versatile smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6 DC WR RE standard zoom lens. It also has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for wireless image transfer and camera control with a mobile device. Utilizing the PRIME M II Image Processing Engine, the K-S2 is very capable in a range of shooting conditions, most notably with a native sensitivity of up to ISO 51,200. Also, it has Sensor-Shift image stabilization that limits camera shake with slower shutter speeds, as well as full HD 1080p video recording at up to 30 fps.
Take a look at the single-lens reflex digital camera market, and you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s a hard line between the wants and needs of consumer and enthusiast photographers. That’s not really the case, though — there are plenty of enthusiast-grade features that consumer shooters could also find very useful, while even enthusiasts sometimes like to shoot the odd selfie or two. And of course, plenty of families include both enthusiasts and less experienced photographers who want to share one camera.
Ricoh acknowledges that fact with the 20-megapixel Pentax K-S2, a camera that offers much to differentiate it from its consumer and enthusiast DSLR rivals. The K-S2 sits above the earlier K-S1 and K-50 DSLRs in Ricoh’s lineup, and beneath the flagship K-3. And with the goal of acting as the sole camera for your family, this 5.5-frames per second shooter mixes both consumer and enthusiast-friendly features.
Perhaps the most obvious enthusiast-grade feature that could prove equally useful to consumers is the ability to shoot almost anywhere, no matter whether it’s raining or dusty, and Ricoh answers this with a newly-designed weather-resistant, dustproof body that it says is the world’s smallest to offer these important features. The inclusion of weather-sealing is doubly impressive given the presence of a versatile, side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD monitor, which allows for quick-and-easy selfie shooting.
And in a nice touch, when the screen is swiveled to face forwards, the top-deck Wi-Fi button changes its function to act as a secondary shutter button, lighting up to let you know when it’s active and significantly improving the ergonomics. (With most cameras, you’d still have to use the regular Shutter button, which would be difficult to reach while holding the camera with the lens aimed towards you.)
The variable-angle LCD isn’t the only first for a Pentax APS-C DSLR, either — so is the presence of in-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking, complete with near-field communications tech for easy pairing with Android devices, and the ability to shoot and see a live-view feed remotely from your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. No longer must Pentaxians rely on third-party Wi-Fi capable SD cards such as the popular Eye-Fi card series or the Pentax-badged FluCard to help you get your photos onto your phone (and from there, onto Facebook and its ilk).
The Pentax K-S2 also features an upgrade from the autofocus systems of the K-S1 and K-50, with an 11-point SAFOX X phase-detection AF sensor that impressed us with its low-light performance when it debuted in the then-flagship Pentax K-5 II back in 2012. And as in the K-50 before it, the K-S2 also features a glass pentaprism viewfinder with near-100% coverage, twin control dials front and rear, and a 1/6,000-second top shutter speed, all features that Ricoh’s rivals save for pricier enthusiast-oriented cameras.
The Pentax K-S2 also debuts some other new features, including a more intelligent Auto HDR mode on the Mode dial that tweaks the luminance channel for a more natural feel — rather than just applying sharpening for the now-rather-cliched crunchy HDR look — plus a Clarity function that allows much the same thing on single-shot, non-HDR imagery.
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|Lens Mount||Pentax K|
|Camera Format||APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Actual: 20.42 Megapixel
Effective: 20.12 Megapixel
|Max Resolution||20 MP: 5472 x 3648|
|Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Sensor Type / Size||CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|File Formats||Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
|Dust Reduction System||Yes|
|Memory Card Type||SD